Sword, scabbard and tassel

Object Number: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; steel, brass
Overall: 38 x 4 1/2 x 3 in. ( 96.5 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm )
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "SOLINGEN"
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design on obverse side incorporating initials "US," and curved quillon with globular finial with scroll motifs incised on sides; grips covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower; tassel on strip of gold metallic cloth tape threaded through hole pierced in knuckle-bow near juncture with pommel; steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is identified as a U.S. field officer's sword in the accession records.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles M. Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group